This report was published by the UN Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights in May 2015. This report documents the Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health's country visit to Malaysia from the 19th of November to the 2nd of December.
The Special Rapporteur acknowledges Malaysia’s commitment to realizing the right to health, however he also highlights that there are still serious challenges facing the realization of the right to health. These challenges are connected to Malaysia’s selective approach to human rights and the vide discrimination against marginalized groups. These marginalized groups are women/girls, indigenous people, LGBT persons, persons living with HIV/AIDS and drug users and persons with disabilities.
In relation to drug policy the report notes that in Malaysia people who use drugs are often forced into rehabilitation camps, and the special rapporteur highlights that a human rights focus on drug policy would be adopted and emphasis should be placed on voluntary, medically assisted and evidence-based approaches.
Citation: Dainius Pūras, 'Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health: Visit to Malaysia' (2015), A/HRC/29/33/Add.1